Graduation season

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By Bobby Ellis
bobby.ellis@education.ky.gov

All across the state, graduates have said goodbye to the halls they wandered for four years as high school students. 

Thousands of Kentucky students have heard their teachers and friends give speeches about the future, watched emotional videos made by their classmates and walked across a stage to receive their diplomas. 

For Campbell County High School, it was the 107th time for such a celebration. 

Taking place at the BB&T Arena on the campus of Northern Kentucky University, the graduation ceremony saw roughly 360 young men and women turn their tassels and become former students. 

Principal Adam Ritter gave a list of some of the accomplishments of the class, while valedictorian Benjamin Turner challenged his classmates to live extraordinary lives and search for happiness and meaning. 

And afterward, friends Mark Broering and Hope Schleper hugged each other saying, “We did it! We’re graduates!” 

On behalf of the Kentucky Department of Education, congratulations to the class of 2018. 

Kylie Reachen uses her cell phone to adjust her hair before the start of the ceremony. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 4, 2018
Kylie Reachen uses her cell phone to adjust her hair before the start of the ceremony.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 4, 2018
Tanner Clos, left, has his hat adjusted by his sister, Taylor Clos before the start of the graduation ceremony. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 4, 2018
Tanner Clos, left, has his hat adjusted by his sister, Taylor Clos before the start of the graduation ceremony.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 4, 2018
Members of the Campbell County High School Band perform as the graduates enter the arena. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 4, 2018
Members of the Campbell County High School Band perform as the graduates enter the arena.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 4, 2018
Campbell County High School principal Adam Ritter welcomes family and friends of the class of 2018 to the ceremony at BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky University. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 4, 2018
Campbell County High School principal Adam Ritter welcomes family and friends of the class of 2018 to the ceremony at BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky University.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 4, 2018
Zachary Nelson watches as Benjamin Turner gives his valedictorian speech during the Campbell County graduation ceremony. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 4, 2018
Zachary Nelson watches as Benjamin Turner gives his valedictory speech during the Campbell County graduation ceremony.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 4, 2018
A Campbell County High School graduate enters BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky University to take part in the 2018 graduation ceremony. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 4, 2018
A Campbell County High School graduate enters BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky University to take part in the 2018 graduation ceremony.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 4, 2018
Brooke Roberts, and her classmates listen to a speech during the 2018 Campbell County High School graduation ceremony. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 4, 2018
Brooke Roberts and her classmates listen to a speech during the 2018 Campbell County High School graduation ceremony.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 4, 2018
Jaclyn Fischesser, center, tosses her hat along with her classmates after graduation from Campbell County High School. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 4, 2018
Jaclyn Fischesser, center, tosses her hat along with her classmates after graduation from Campbell County High School.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 4, 2018
Kin Adan holds her tassel after the graduation ceremony. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 4, 2018
Kin Adan holds her tassel after the graduation ceremony.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 4, 2018
Mark Broering hugs Hope Schleper after the graduation ceremony. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 4, 2018
Mark Broering hugs Hope Schleper after the graduation ceremony.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 4, 2018
Amanda Holt holds a singing balloon, given to her by family members, after graduating from Campbell County High School Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 4, 2018
Amanda Holt holds a singing balloon, given to her by family members, after graduating from Campbell County High School
Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 4, 2018
Elyse Thaman takes a picture of the Moser family after the Campbell County High School graduation ceremony. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 4, 2018
Elyse Thaman takes a picture of the Moser family after the Campbell County High School graduation ceremony.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 4, 2018
Sarah Moser, right, gets a kiss from her mother, Jennifer Moser, after graduation from Campbell County High School. Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 4, 2018
Sarah Moser, right, gets a kiss from her mother, Jennifer Moser, after graduation from Campbell County High School.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, June 4, 2018

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